Volume 28, Number 6 - JUNE 1998
MEETING DAY CHANGE
The meeting is on the third Friday this month, June 19. The topic for
the meeting will be Field Day which starts June 27. There will be videos
of past Field Days and hopefully, people will have a few stories to tell.
Board Proposes 1998 Budget
Treasurer Shel N6RD proposed a working budget for 1998 earlier in the
year, based upon historical data and expected changes to that data (one
example: the cost of toilets for the Field Day site has doubled). Across
several of its ensuing meetings, the Board came to an agreement for a budget
based on actual cash flow in Q1 plus proposed/anticipated expenses/income
for the balance of the year. This budget is presented here, and it will
be presented at the next club meeting for discussion and approval. Keep
in mind that a budget reflects only known costs and expenses; though the
year there are myriad miscellaneous expenses (and, occasionally, some income)
that can not be predicted, nor can it fully allow for unknown rises in
costs at some future time.
In the absence of a major disaster this is the one day of the year when
we can show our stuff. There is no better opportunity to attract new members.
I am sure Jack will mention it in his President's Corner and Mike will
have a lot to say about it. We need help.
Starting on June 23 a lot of equipment has to be moved from various
sites to a holding area.
On Friday, June 26, the equipment has to be moved from the holding area
to the Field Day site and installed, erected, and adjusted.
On Saturday, after some last minute tweaking, Field Day begins and runs
through midday Sunday. Operators are needed -- all kinds.
In the meantime, there is a whole support effort going on: Food must
be purchased, taken to the site, and prepared for the picnic supper on
Livermore Swap Meet - 1st Sunday
of each month at Las Positas College in Livermore, 7:00 AM to noon, all
year. Talk in 147.045 from the west, 145.35 from the east. Contact Noel
Anklam, KC6QZK, (510) 447-3857 eves.
Foothill Flea Market - 2nd Saturday
of each month from March to October at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills.
President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR
Treasurer: Shel Edelman, N6RD
Secretary: Martin Liberman, KD6WJW
Training Officer: Paul Zander, AA6PZ
Radio Officer: Mikel Lechner, KN6QI
Newsletter: David Wilkes, KD6WRG
Board members: Dirk Thiele, KE6ZUY; Dick, N6ATD; Hans, KE6TGA; Martin,
KD6WJW; Herb, KF6BKL
K6YA Station Trustee:
Stan Kuhl, K6MA
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By the time you read this field day will be one week away and I hope
that I will see many of you there. We need a lot of hands to make this
field day work. We will be using part of this next meeting (which is on
the third Friday this month) to organize for field day. If you haven't
said yes to helping this will be your chance. If you do not sign up you
are still welcome to come to the site and help in any way you can for however
long as you can.
I also want to discourage the giving of phone numbers over the repeater.
We have had two cases of numbers being used to make crank calls and we
can really do without this.
We are still looking for some more help with the Thursday night net.
This is a good opportunity get some experience running a net . There will
be a picnic at 5 P.M. on Saturday the 27th at the field day site. The club
will furnish the meat, buns and drinks. If you come and haven't signed
up to bring anything please bring salad, desert, or a hot dish.
Hope to see you all at the meeting and if not there at Field Day.
AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
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NFCC reacts to LMCC
Hamvention '98 opened on Friday May 15th, with two issues paramount
on the minds of hams attending. One of these is the attempt by the Land
Mobile Communications Council to grab away most of the heavily trafficked
70 centimeter amateur band for reallocation into commercial service. This
is outlined in FCC Rule Making request 9267.
Most of the hams that Newsline spoke with know that RM 9267 is a harbinger
of things to come. They are convinced that no ham radio frequency on HF,
VHF or UHF is safe. Speaking at an open meeting of the National Frequency
Coordinators Council at Hamvention '98, the organizations president Dick
Isley, W9GIG, said its time for ham radio to put in an early warning system
that will put these commercial interests on the defensive:
"I would like to see the amateur community get organized to the point
that, I'm going to coin a phrase. The Amateur Radio Spectrum Allocation
are like the National Parks. They are not to be commercially exploited.
With a mandate from congress.
Now, that doesn't mean that a lobbyist cannot go to congress and ask
to amend it later, but at least we have an early warning system in place.
Instead of being faced with a rulemaking that pops up in three weeks and
there is a deadline for comments three weeks later." Dick Isley, W9GIG
Isley is among numerous repeater coordinators who believe its time to
take a pro-active stand in fighting the LMCC and other potential spectrum
LMCC vs. Emergency Comms reaction
Hams involved in emergency communications are also reacting with extreme
displeasure to a proposal by the Land Mobile Communications Council to
take away most of the 70 centimeter band from hams and reallocate it to
commercial use. One ham says that any such reallocation will mean a major
loss of vital assistance to the general public in time of need:
"Vina, victor india November alpha - quarter inch hail."
"Roger quarter inch hail in Vina, W4CV Birmingham weather."
That's one example of communications that could be affected by the Land
Mobile Communications Council's proposal, radio amateurs in Alabama using
the 440 MHZ band to relay severe weather reports between two cities in
The Council's push to have 20 MHZ of amateur spectrum in the 440 MHZ
band reallocated does not go over well with people who depend on the band
for Skywarn and other emergency communications. The council wants the frequencies
for what it calls "additional spectrum needs." And while the group says
radio amateurs could keep use of the bands on a secondary basis, no mention
is made of how that arrangement might work.
"I'm very concerned about it. And if this goes through it will certainly
affect emergency communications." Rex Free, KN4CI
Rex Free, KN4CI, is head of North Alabama Skywarn group that uses the
440 MHZ band to relay spotter reports to the National Weather Service.
"In our situation, UHF is very critical. It is the link, it is what
we use. The UHF frequencies is what we use to link repeaters together.
What we use with Birmingham 80 miles away, it virtually links from Birmingham
to north Alabama which is over a 100 mile span of emergency communications.
And all of that is on UHF. And if these rulings affect our frequencies,
it is going to severely curtail our ability in helping out in emergency
communications and being able to link to each other." Rex Free, KN4CI
In Alabama, UHF frequencies are being used more and more for emergency
communications. With lives possibly hanging in the balance, hams here believe
that's too important a reason to share the space with non-amateur users.
Hams involved in emergency communications say that its only your letters
to the FCC that will put an end to this latest attempted spectrum grab
by the LMCC.
Hams exempt from coming CB law
In other news, hams have won a total exclusion from a new local jurisdiction
CB radio enforcement bill before the United States Senate. This is a measure
that will give state, city and other local governments the power to enforce
federal regulations over 11 meter CB radio operators and the interference
that they cause.
Senate Bill 608 was introduced by Wisconsin Senator Russell Feingold.
The original version had no protection for hams, so the ARRL met with Senator
Feingold to hammer out new wording.
The measure, as redrafted totally exempts Amateur Radio from its provisions.
It was then presented as an amendment into Senate Bill 1618. That's the
Consumer Anti-Slamming Act which was approved May 12th.
It's not yet known if or when the entire bill will come up for a vote
in the House of Representatives. Feingold introduced the original version
nearly two years ago. This, after receiving complaints from his constituents
of massive interference and the FCC's failure to act.
(Via ARRL, others)
With thanks to the AMSAT, the ARRL, Fists, the Hudson Loop, the R.S.G.B.
and our friends at the Dayton Hamvention, that's all from the Amateur Radio
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How to get to meetings:
(Visitors always welcome)
FARS meets at the Covington School District building, 201 Covington
Road, Los Altos. Take the El Monte exit (The same exit as for the Foothill
Fleamarket) off of I-280 and go East on El Monte. Cross Foothill Expressway
and turn right at the next light on to Covington (Note Saint William church
on corner). Stay to your left as the road forks. Just past the fork, turn
left into the school parking lot. Walk through the center hallway and turn
right. The meeting room is the first door on the left. Talk in on 145.23
or 145.27, negative offset, 100 PL.